Don’s Top 10 From November 30, 1976
Back into time to remember the local singles survey from Tuesday, November 30, 1976.
(#7 last week) Dr. Buzzard's manager, Tommy Mottola, namechecked in the lyrics, later rose to fame as the head of CBS Records and as the control-freak husband of Mariah Carey, who he helped discover.
(#4 last week) Kind of a weird song musically, full of tempo changes. For many years, I've been obsessed with how Lionel Richie says the word "purpose". It comes out as "purpossssssssse". LOL.
(#13 last week) VHI, in a 2009 show counting down trhe best hard rock songs of all time, named this #39. It took leader Tom Scholz over five years to complete. Strangely, Scholz credits the 1966 hit "Walk Away Renee" by the Left Banke as his main inspiration.
(#10 last week) This classic story song apparently has some historical inaccuracies, which Lightfoot acknowledges. He said he used the true story of the ship's sinking in 1975 to "tell a story".
(#11 last week) Two/fifths of the 5th Dimension, the married duo won the Grammy for Best R&B Performance by a Duo Or Group for this million-seller. The song features the final studio performance by legendary bassist James Jamerson, mainly known for his incredible work of dozens of Motown classics.
(#6 last week) Silly personal story: Nov. 30, 1976 I was wrking in the music departent at 99X in New York and was answering the request lines one night when DJ Steve "Smokin" Weed needed me to pretend to be a "good request line voice". The song I requested was this one. Weed said, "ya got a nice speaking voice, Don!" A proud moment. LOL.
(@#3 last week) Partially recorded in Quebec at the same time as "You Should Be Dancing", this was the second single from the album "Children Of The World". Traditional Gibb sound, but with Barry's falsetto taking charge.
(#5 last week) A love song between two RATS? You're kidding, right? No. But remember 1972's "Ben"? That was about a rat, too. And that was was between a rat and a HUMAN. LOL. Not remembered well, this was originally recorded by the group America. So don't blame the Captain & Tennille.
(#1 last week; was #1 for 6 weeks) Muskrats making lover and dancing ducks. The charts had to hell in a handbasket! Dees was a DJ in Memphis when this hit, and was told by his management that he could not play his own song because of "conflict of interest". Well, he did...and was fired! Just as well. He ended up in Los Angeles, where he has become a legendary DJ.
(#2 last week; 1st week at #1) Many of Stewart's oldest fans felt this was the moment Rod "jumped the shark", going full-tilt pop, abandoning the bluesy rock he had been known for. But the general public made it his biggest hit single. That's his then-girlfriend Britt Ekland cooing in French at the end.